Research Summary

I am a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Most of my research has focused on increasing rates of cancer screening, especially in diverse populations. I am also an active primary care physician who understands the real world challenges of implementing cancer-screening recommendations in primary care practice. I am currently the Principal Investigator of an R01 grant designed to determine the extent to which PreView, an interactive multimedia bilingual (English and Spanish) Video Doctor Plus Provider Alert intervention, increases the likelihood that primary care participants will receive recommended cancer screening, to develop a plan for long term maintenance of PRE-VIEW at participating study sites, and to develop a plan for broader dissemination of PRE-VIEW to new primary care clinic sites. In light of the controversies surrounding breast cancer screening for women in their forties and women aged 75 and older, we aim to expand PreView to include shared decision making about breast cancer screening in these age groups. I have previously been funded by the NCI and the American Cancer Society (ACS) to develop and test colon cancer screening interventions in diverse populations. In addition to my research experience, I frequently speak both nationally and locally on women’s health issues; most recently I presented the annual Update in Women’s Health at the Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and I have done this for several years. I have also spoken several times at American College of Physicians National Meeting on this topic. This expertise in women’s health issues, especially in cancer screening, makes me particularly well suited to leading the proposed study which focuses on shared decision making regarding breast cancer screening.


University of California, San Diego, B.A., 1983, Biology and Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles, M.D., 1987, Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.H., 1987, Public Health
University of California San Francisco, 1987-1990, Residency, Internal Medicine
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, 1991-1993, Fellowship, General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Honors & Awards

  • 1979-1983
    Provost's Honor List, Revelle College
  • 1983
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1983
    Magna Cum Laude
  • 1985
    Lange Medical Publishers Book Award
  • 1985
    Lewis Eldridge Memorial Scholarship
  • 1986
    Hortense Fishbaugh Memorial Scholarship
  • 1987
    Honors in the Department of Medicine
  • 1987
    Hewlett-Packard Award (highest academic ranking)
  • 1987
    William N. Valentine Award in Medicine (highest distinction as a scholar in internal medicine)
  • 1987
    Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award (woman who graduates number one in her class)
  • 1987
    Stafford L. Warren Medal (outstanding academic achievement during four years)
  • 1987
    Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 1996
    UCSF/Mount Zion Department of Medicine Housestaff Teaching Award

Selected Publications

  1. Walsh JME, Karliner L, Smith A, Leykin Y, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Velazquez AI, Lowenstein M, Kaplan CP. LungCARE: Encouraging Shared Decision-Making in Lung Cancer Screening-a Randomized Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 Aug 31.  View on PubMed
  2. Walsh J, Potter M, Salazar R, Ozer E, Gildengorin G, Dass N, Green L. PreView: a Randomized Trial of a Multi-site Intervention in Diverse Primary Care to Increase Rates of Age-Appropriate Cancer Screening. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 02; 35(2):449-456.  View on PubMed
  3. Walsh J. Capsule Commentary on Jin et. al., Cost-Effectiveness of Primary HPV Testing, Cytology and Co-testing as Cervical Cancer Screening for Women above Age 30 Years. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 11; 31(11):1358.  View on PubMed
  4. Walsh JM, Potter MB, Arora M, Gildegorin G, Terdiman J. A workplace colorectal cancer screening program in firefighters: lessons learned. Occup Med (Lond). 2014 Jun; 64(4):255-8.  View on PubMed
  5. Walsh JM, Gildengorin G, Green LW, Jenkins J, Potter MB. The FLU-FOBT Program in community clinics: durable benefits of a randomized controlled trial. Health Educ Res. 2012 Oct; 27(5):886-94.  View on PubMed
  6. Walsh J, Arora M, Hosenfeld C, Ladabaum U, Kuppermann M, Knight SJ. Preferences for genetic testing to identify hereditary colorectal cancer: perspectives of high-risk patients, community members, and clinicians. J Cancer Educ. 2012 Mar; 27(1):112-9.  View on PubMed
  7. Walsh JM, McNamara M, Miller RG, Schwarz EB. Update in women's health for the general internist. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Feb; 27(2):232-7.  View on PubMed
  8. Walsh JM, Salazar R, Nguyen TT, Kaplan C, Nguyen LK, Hwang J, McPhee SJ, Pasick RJ. Healthy colon, healthy life: a novel colorectal cancer screening intervention. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Jul; 39(1):1-14.  View on PubMed
  9. Walsh JM, Karliner L, Burke N, Somkin CP, Pham LA, Pasick R. Physicians' approaches to recommending colorectal cancer screening: a qualitative study. J Cancer Educ. 2010 Sep; 25(3):385-90.  View on PubMed
  10. Walsh JM, Salazar R, Kaplan C, Nguyen L, Hwang J, Pasick RJ. Healthy colon, healthy life (colon sano, vida sana): colorectal cancer screening among Latinos in Santa Clara, California. J Cancer Educ. 2010 Mar; 25(1):36-42.  View on PubMed
  11. Walsh JM, Beattie MS, Charney P. Update in women's health. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Apr; 25(4):363-8.  View on PubMed
  12. Marshall DA, Johnson FR, Kulin NA, Ozdemir S, Walsh JM, Marshall JK, Van Bebber S, Phillips KA. How do physician assessments of patient preferences for colorectal cancer screening tests differ from actual preferences? A comparison in Canada and the United States using a stated-choice survey. Health Econ. 2009 Dec; 18(12):1420-39.  View on PubMed
  13. Afable-Munsuz A, Liang SY, Ponce NA, Walsh JM. Acculturation and colorectal cancer screening among older Latino adults: differential associations by national origin. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Aug; 24(8):963-70.  View on PubMed
  14. Potter MB, Namvargolian Y, Hwang J, Walsh JM. Improving colorectal cancer screening: a partnership between primary care practices and the American Cancer Society. J Cancer Educ. 2009; 24(1):22-7.  View on PubMed
  15. Potter MB, Phengrasamy L, Hudes ES, McPhee SJ, Walsh JM. Offering annual fecal occult blood tests at annual flu shot clinics increases colorectal cancer screening rates. Ann Fam Med. 2009 Jan-Feb; 7(1):17-23.  View on PubMed
  16. Huang AJ, Pérez-Stable EJ, Kim SE, Wong ST, Kaplan CP, Walsh JM, Iwaoka-Scott AY, Sawaya GF. Preferences for human papillomavirus testing with routine cervical cancer screening in diverse older women. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Sep; 23(9):1324-9.  View on PubMed
  17. Kim SE, Pérez-Stable EJ, Wong S, Gregorich S, Sawaya GF, Walsh JM, Kaplan CP. Association between cancer risk perception and screening behavior among diverse women. Arch Intern Med. 2008 Apr 14; 168(7):728-34.  View on PubMed
  18. Walsh JM, Sundaram V, McDonald K, Owens DK, Goldstein MK. Implementing effective hypertension quality improvement strategies: barriers and potential solutions. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2008 Apr; 10(4):311-6.  View on PubMed
  19. Walsh JM, McDonald KM, Shojania KG, Sundaram V, Nayak S, Lewis R, Owens DK, Goldstein MK. Quality improvement strategies for hypertension management: a systematic review. Med Care. 2006 Jul; 44(7):646-57.  View on PubMed
  20. Salazar R, Walsh JM. Breast cancer screening is risky business. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Apr; 21(4):393-4.  View on PubMed

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